1987 / Director. Charles Band.
The Evil Clergyman is a film, which was lost for over 25 years. Director Charles Band made an anthology film comprising of three 30 minute stories, each a sequel to previous successful movies he had made. That film was lost and has been propelled to 'legend' status by horror fans since. In 2011 a VHS work print was discovered and so Charles Band and co. set upon restoring each of the three films. Remastered (to the best quality possible) with a new score by Richard band, The Evil Clergyman is a thematic followup to Re-Animator and the first to be released. It is based on a story by HP Lovecraft starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and David Warner. A woman visits the monastery in search of her missing sweetheart, a clergyman. Upon the news of his suicide she visits the room where he hung himself and is seduced by his ghost. It's a strange and surreal film. Rather than releasing the complete anthology film (Pulse Pounders), Band has chosen to release each chapter individually because of the time that's being invested in their resurrection. On its own I don't think that The Evil Clergyman is all that good. It has its strengths but a 27 year anticipation makes it a disappointing wait. I think it would become a stronger piece if it were released with the other two films, as intended. The other two are a Trancers sequel and Dungeonmaster sequel and both are slated for future release (Trancers 1.5 on dvd in Oct). The most disappointing thing for me was the adaptation itself. Lovecraft's story was actually a letter he wrote, describing a dream he'd had. It was published posthumously and I have read it... sadly it bares little resemblance to this film. The term "adaptation" is used lightly with a huge amount of liberty being taken, which is still okay by me, but this film just didn't resonate. Nice to see it given so much love and attention, though. Band has done a wonderful job restoring it and bringing it to the fans.